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Foxtail Millet Dhokla (Steamed Millet Cake)

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Foxtail Millet Dhokla is an easy and healthy steamed breakfast or a snack recipe that is made using millet and split black gram. This dhokla can be enjoyed as a meal, packed in your kid’s lunch box or good as travel food or as a party appetizer.

Foxtail millet dhokla stacked up and presented , seen in the background is some more dhokla served on a plate

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Millet is a small round whole grain widely grown as cereal crops or grains for fodder and human food. Commonly grown in Asian countries and it is a major crop in India. 

Millets are naturally gluten-free and a good replacement for rice. It is said that one should incorporate millets into our everyday diet. I like to incorporate different millets into our daily diet. 

Also, it should be noted that some millets are good when eaten according to season. So Bajra (Pearl Millet) is best during winters and Jowar (Sorghum) is good during summers. Then Finger millet (Ragi) can be consumed all year round. Certain millets like Barnyard millet (Sama) are consumed more during Vrat or Navratri days. Though it can be consumed all year round.

Close p look of Foxtail Millet Dhokla

Bajra Recipes I have shared earlier are 

Jowar recipes on my blog are  

I do make Jowar dosa and idli too, have yet to share. Hopefully someday. With Sama or Barnyard Millet, I make Idli, dosa or this Navratri favourite, Vrat ke chawal or Samak Rice Khichdi

Ragi is an all-time favourite and I consume it a lot.

Few Ragi Recipes are 

Recipe process of Foxtail Millet Dhokla

This Dhokla is made by fermenting the batter made from Foxtail millet or kangni or kakum as called in Hindi and Split black gram dal (urad dal). One can make an Instant version too, by adding Eno or Fruit Salt. I prefer to make it naturally fermented. 

Millet and dal is soaked for 4-5 hours and then it is grinded to a smooth batter. Curd is added to help in fermentation, and the batter is allowed to ferment for 7-8 hours.

I make this dhokla in 2 ways. At times I keep it simple. Just the fermented batter with some salt. Sprinkle some black pepper or red chilli powder on top and steam it.

Close up look of Millet Dhokla

Other times, I add some sugar, coriander powder, green chilly and salt and then steam it. Both taste delicious. This goes best with any types of chutney. I love to enjoy this with Farali Peanut Chutney.

Alternative If Batter is not fermented

If your batter is not fermented, just add half a teaspoon of eno or fruit soda to your 1 plate batter. It will help puff up the dhokla. To ferment batter naturally follow the steps mentioned in this post, Fermenting Idli Dosa Batter in Cold climate. I am sure you will be able to ferment the batter successfully.

Thickness of the Dhokla

One can make this dhokla thick or thin as per their liking. I prefer to make both. Just when you make thick, it would take 5-6 mins more of steaming time.

Can this be Vegan?

I have added a bit of homemade yogurt in this ferment which is not Vegan. However, you can add any vegan yogurt or simply skip the yogurt to make it Vegan.

Foxtail millet dhokla stacked up and presented , seen in the background is some more dhokla served on a plate

Other Millets one can use to make Millet Dhokla

Any type of millet should work in this recipe. My best bet would be to use Kodo Millet, One can use Kodo Millet, or Barnyard Millet (Samai) or Shorgum(Jowar).

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    Foxtail millet dhokla stacked up and presented , seen in the background is some more dhokla served on a plate

    Foxtail Millet Dhokla

    Foxtail Millet Dhokla is an easy and healthy steamed breakfast or a snack recipe that is made using millet and split black gram.
    5 from 2 votes
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    Course: Breakfast, Snacks
    Cuisine: Gujarati, Indian
    Keyword: Diabetic Friendly, Healthy, MakeAheadPartyIdeas, Millet, PartyFood, Steamed, Toddler Food
    Prep Time: 15 minutes
    Cook Time: 10 minutes
    Soaking & Fermentation Time: 12 hours
    Author: Renu Agrawal-Dongre


    • Steamer
    • Steel Plate for Steamer


    • 1 cup Millet
    • 1/3 Cup Split Black Gram
    • Salt
    • 2 tablespoon yogurt/Curd

    Option 1

    • 1 teaspoon Sugar
    • ½ Teaspoon Turmeric Powder
    • 1 tablespoon chopped coriander
    • 1-2 green chillies chopped

    Option 2

    • Black pepper/Red chilli powder to sprinkle on top

    For tempering

    • 1 tbsp oil
    • 1 tsp sesame seeds til
    • 1 tsp mustard seeds rai
    • a pinch of asafoetida
    • 8-10 curry leaves


    • Clean and rinse the millet and split black gram.
      Soaked Millet & Split Black Gram Dal
    • In a large bowl, soak it in enough water for 4-6 hours.
      Soaked Millet & Split Black Gram Dal
    • Drain the water and give it a quick rinse.
    • Now grind the batter to a smooth and thick consistency.
    • Add the yoghurt, salt and mix everything.
    • Let the batter ferment overnight.
      Feremented Batter
    • If using Option1, add all the ingredients, i.e. Sugar, Turmeric powder, corainder and green chillies and give a quick mix.
      Adding of coriander, sugar and green chilly in the batter
    • In a steamer or wide pan put some water to boil. (About 2 cups of water)
    • Grease two 8 inch steel plates which has a rim. The plate size should be according to your steamer vessel. It should fit in properly and you should be able to lift it.
    • It can be wider than 8 inches or smaller. Be sure to divide the batter accordingly.
    • So grease one of the plates or if you have a dhokla stand where you can make multiple at times, grease all the plates required.
    • Put the plates without the batter in the steamer.
    • If you are making in batches, divide the batter accordingly.
    • Once the water starts boiling, add the batter to plates.
      Batter ready to be steamed
    • If using option 2, Sprinkle with black pepper poweder or red chilli powder or leave it as is.
    • Cover and steam for 10-15 minutes.
      Steamed Foxtail Millet dhokla with sprinkled black pepper powder
    • Once done remove and let it cool for 10 minutes.
      Steamed Dhokla
    • After 10 minutes, cut the dhokla into the desired shape. Do not remove it from the plate yet, if you are doing the tempering.

    For the tempering

    • Add oil in a pan.
    • Once hot add in asafoetida, mustard seeds, sesame seeds and curry leaves.
    • Let it splutter.
    • Spread this mixture over the prepared dhokla.
    • Serve it with mint or coriander chutney.


    • One can make an Instant version too by adding eno. In that case, the batter need not be fermented. 
    • If using Eno, Once the water starts boiling, add1/2 tsp Eno in half the batter. If you are using the whole batter at once, add 1 tsp eno. 
    • Do not add eno to the whole batter if you are making it in batches. Eno should be added to the batter just when you are ready to steam.
    • Thickness of the dhokla can be adjusted.
    • If you have leftover, you can add around a tsp of oil in a pan and slowly roast the dhokla on both sides until golden and crunchy. (I would say this is one of the best ways to enjoy them with a cup of tea)
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    Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist. The nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. It varies depending upon the product types or brands.

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    Recipe Rating

    Ashwini Pendharkar

    Tuesday 4th of April 2023

    Thank for the recipe. I will try for tomorrow

    Renu Agrawal Dongre

    Friday 7th of April 2023

    Hope you like it